The first words of Article II, Section 1 of the U. S. Constitution, the section that describes the role of the president are:
The executive power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America.
That means that the first job the president, before his role as commander in chief or preacher from the “bully pulpit” is the direction and management of the apparatus of the federal government. There is a connecting link among the poor management of the development of the Healthcare.gov web site, the IRS scandal, and the emerging VA scandal. It’s that the president wasn’t particularly interested in any of them. I don’t think he caused any of them but it’s patently obvious that he allowed them.
Peggy Noonan articulates the problem more pointedly:
Barack Obama is killing the reputation of government. He is killing the thing he loves through insufficient oversight. He doesn’t do the plodding, unshowy, unromantic work of making government work. In the old political formulation, he’s a show horse, not a workhorse.
The president’s inattention to management—his laxity, his failure to understand that government isn’t magic, that it must be forced into working, clubbed each day into achieving adequacy, and watched like a hawk—is undercutting what he stands for, the progressive project that says the federal government is the primary answer to the nation’s ills.
He is allowing the federal government to become what any large institution will become unless you stop it: a slobocracy.
We only have one president and managing the operations of the executive branch is the primary job of the president. There’s only one person who can do that job.